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Best Local Album of the Past 12 Months St. Louis 2011 - Les Animaux Épouvantables

Readers' Choice: Readers' Choice: With a Bang, Blind Eyes

The best albums draw you in by magnetic compulsion, and Magic City's full-length debut is a hypnotizing circus: muddy, spooky, wise and thrilling. The band is packed with scene veterans and anchored by the city's most spellbinding frontman in Larry Bulawsky. There is some honest-to-goodness weirdness on this record; pumping it through headphones is the kind of experience that makes you feel feral and alive. There is a narrative here, as on all great records, of morality subjected to the shimmering temptations of life. Les Animaux Épouvantables is also Tower Groove Records' debut release, and it's as strong a starting point as a burgeoning music collective could hope for.

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